Before this year I had no idea there were so many NCAA rules! Everything is monitored by the university so that we don’t break any rules and along the way I’ve learned about some pretty interesting ones…
1. In our work out room they have bagels for us. However, they are not allowed to give us cream cheese for our bagels because it’s considered an “extra benefit”. This makes no sense because they also give us Muscle Milk, Gatorade and Clif bars but cream cheese is an extra benefit. Dumb rule.
2. Each university must have an equal number of men’s and women’s scholarships. It’s called Title 9. Since a large university like Michigan has about 70 men’s football scholarships , these must be offset by women’s scholarships. Therefore, most of the women’s athletes are on full rides, while the men in non-revenue sports rarely get full rides.
3. When we are at a tournament or on the road, we either eat as a team and the coach pays the bill with the athletic department credit card or he give each of us a “per Diem” of $20. I like this one because you never spend the $20 bucks on a meal so we actually all make some money when we get a few per Diems. When the coach pays the bill there’s pretty much no spending limit so we always order way too much food.
4. This may seem obvious but student athletes are not allowed to gamble in any form or fashion. I’m technically not even allowed to participate in fantasy sports leagues where there is an entry fee. It’s very difficult to monitor this activity but still, it’s a rule. If football or basketball players are found to be betting on their own games they will be permanently suspended from NCAA competition.
5. A student-athlete cannot accept anything from an employee of U of M or a Michigan athletics booster (e.g., use of a car, clothing, gifts, money, tickets for any kind of entertainment, payment of long distance telephone calls).
With all the NCAA rules in place, especially those aimed mostly at football and basketball. It’s interesting to consider whether or not student-athletes should get paid. I think they should, but that’s a topic coming in a future post.